White River Bay

This is a quaint bay with drifting sailboats on the horizon and a calm crowd. The sunshine illuminates the sand and the sea, which both sparkle. The ocean floor is clear around the coastline, for great swimming and drifting. Access is fairly restricted to patrons of the resort.

Situated a mile and a half east of downtown Ocho Rios, White River Bay is on the North East coast of Jamaica. You might want to drop by regardless of whether you're staying nearby. Eventually, visitors notice that beaches throughout Jamaica tend to be somewhat quiet, but White River Bay is a little different.

Amenities and Ambiance

Please note that public restrooms are not available, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Luckily, chairs and umbrellas will be available for use to visitors hoping for a break from the hot sun. You'll find the waters off-shore to be of good snorkeling quality, so grab your gear if you want to see what lies beneath the surface.

White River Bay including its choice of amenities happens to be located well within a relatively urbanized region. Because of this, if for you the amenities affect whether you'll visit, it'll likely be an appropriate cause to get there earlier in the morning prior to when the crowds or perhaps try a beach in a more remote area. If you do not, you could be unable to fully enjoy the amenities that White River Bay has for its guests.

What's Nearby


White River Bay is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on Jamaica's North East coast; the area hosts attractions such as Sandals Golf and Country Club, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, the following table shows the closest options.

Activities and Attractions Near White River Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 2.3 mi. S Jamaica
Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios Casino 2.5 mi. W Jamaica

Cities and Towns

White River Bay is close to Ocho Rios, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. The nearby town of Ocho Rios is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the shore, Ocho Rios is just up the road, maybe a mile (a kilometer and a half).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how full the nearby hotels are. At this beach, you can expect to encounter quite a few other guests who are staying close by.

Since the beach is in a fairly popular vacation destination, it is not typically very tough to find a hotel nearby that suits you tastes. For those wanting to book a place that's on or near the water, the table below shows the accommodation options closest to White River Bay.

Accommodations near White River Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Couples Sans Souci 0.0 mi. S Resort
Crystal Ripple Beach Lodge 0.3 mi. SW Lodge
The Blue House 0.3 mi. ESE B & B
Shaw Park Beach Hotel All Inclusive 0.4 mi. WSW Hotel
Jamaica Inn 0.6 mi. WSW Hotel
Sandals Royal Plantation 0.9 mi. WSW Resort
Royal Plantation 0.9 mi. WSW Resort
Executive Shaw Park Guest House 0.9 mi. S Hotel
Sandals Ochi 1.1 mi. WSW Resort
Harmony Hall 1.5 mi. W Cottages


If you're feeling hungry for a midday meal, this beach has many nearby restaurants, and you won't have to look too far away. One of the nearest restaurants is Le Gourmet. The restaurant serves delicious French food. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near White River Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Le Gourmet (876) 906-3822 French Fine Dining 0.2 mi. E
Jamaica Inn Restaurant (876) 974-2514 International Informal 0.6 mi. WSW
The Reef Terrace Restaurant (888) 726-3257 Caribbean Informal 1.1 mi. W
Lobster Shack (876) 975-5106 Caribbean Very Casual 1.3 mi. E
Toscanini Italian Restaurant & Bar (876) 975-4785 Italian Informal 1.7 mi. E
Bibibip's Bar & Grill (876) 974-8759 Caribbean, Jamaican Very Casual 1.9 mi. W
Almond Tree Restaurant (876) 974-2813 Eclectic Informal 2.0 mi. W
Miss T's Kitchen (876) 795-0099 Caribbean, Vegetarian Informal 2.2 mi. W
Mom's (876) 974-2811 Jamaican Very Casual 2.2 mi. W
Passage to India (876) 795-3182 Indian Informal 2.4 mi. W
Fusion Restaurant and Bar (800) 971-5100 Jamaican Informal 2.5 mi. W
San-Mar Cafe (876) 795-1024 -- -- 2.5 mi. W

Other Beaches

Visitors searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides White River Bay.

Another location you might enjoy is Steer Town Beach, where there's usually lots of activity. You'll find it five and a half miles to the west. If it's a bit of peace and quiet you're after, Shaw Park Beach is a location which doesn't host as many visitors. You'll find it just a short distance away.

You may also want to consider Tower Isle West Beach, which is located within a short distance.

Perhaps White River Bay is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Jamaica you might like.


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